Kuchikomi: How companies in Japan force employees to quit.

An entry that caught my eye over the weekend, here.

For Japan-side readers, you obviously know why the company who is looking to downsize chooses to go through these long-running theatrics (and psychological abuse). To American readers, though, the reason might not be clear:

There is no “at will” employment in Japan. An employee obtains a right in a job, and a right to a job.

There are only rare instances (like corporate bankruptcy) that changes that iron rule of Japanese labor law.

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One comment

  1. Mustang.Koji · October 8, 2012

    I read the same article last week sometime. Indeed, a very Japanese way to work peer pressure and a person’s conscious. I’m not agreeing with it but here in the states, it can be much more abrupt.

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